DT - IND
Colts Head Coach Frank Reich says Monday that DT DeForest Buckner is "pretty banged up", unlikely to practice early in week ahead of Sunday's Week 13 game vs the Houston Texans.
Time will tell whether or not Buckner will play on Sunday, but per Keefer it does not sound overly optimistic by any stretch of the imagination. The health of the All-Pro defender, a player who has not missed a game since joining the Colts, will be a situation worth monitoring closely.
Colts DT DeForest Buckner (ankle) returned to practice as a limited participant on Thursday and is expected to play against the Buffalo Bills in their AFC Wild Card game on Saturday.
Buckner was a top free agent signing for the Colts this past offseason and has been a huge factor in elevating their defense, totaling 58 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three pass deflections and two forced fumbles in 2020. The fifth-year star has played in every game this season and is expected to suit up against the Bills on Saturday.
Colts DL DeForest Buckner (ankle) is active for Week 15 against the Texans.
Buckner's presence is an important one for the Colts' defense. The stud lineman hurts the fantasy outlook for the Texans' offense, particularly the rushing upside for David Johnson.
Colts DL DeForest Buckner (ankle) wasn't able to practice on Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 15 against the Texans.
Buckner injured his ankle during Thursday's practice and would be a big loss for Indy's run defense. Buckner's absence would be good news for David Johnson and Houston's rushing attack.
Colts DL DeForest Buckner has been activated off the reserve/COVID-19 list and will be eligible to play against the Texans in Week 13.
Buckner’s presence for the interior of the Colts’ defensive line is huge in stopping the run. Duke Johnson Jr. and/or David Johnson could find it difficult to run against a defense getting one of its best players back this weekend.